Alan Obuzor - Artistic Director – Resident Choreographer – Dancer - Founder
Alan Obuzor was honored in 2013 by Dance Magazine by being named one of the "Top 25 to Watch". Originally from Pittsburgh, Alan began dancing at the age of nine. Two years later he attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School(PBTS), where in 1998 he was a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Dance Honorarium. Alan received a contract to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's(PBT's)professional company at the age of 17. During his seven years in PBT's Company, he danced a wide array of ballets ranging from classical to neoclassical to contemporary, which included principal and soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, Carmina Burana and Divertimento 15. In that time he also worked with many world renowned figures in dance, and was selected to originate soloist roles in new works by choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Derek Dean, Matjash Mrozewski and Jiabin Pan. Alan began teaching in 2002; from 2007-2012 Alan was on the faculty of PBTS as one of the primary Pre-Professional Division teachers and choreographers. In the fall of 2012, Alan joined the teaching faculty of Pittsburgh Youth Ballet. Alan choreographed his first work in 2002 on himself and a fellow dancer. Since that time he has choreographed over 50 new works for Texture Contemporary Ballet, PBT, PBTS, New Ballet Ensemble, Harvard Ballet Company, Point Park University, Dancers' Trust, Canton Ballet, Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and various independent projects. In 2011, Alan won first place in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance/Choreography competition. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of Texture Contemporary Ballet, which was created in 2011.
Kelsey Bartman –Associate Artistic Director – Resident Choreographer - Dancer
Kelsey Bartman is the co-creator of Works in Progress(WIP) Choreography Project. Kelsey is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began formal training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School(PBTS) and Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts(CAPA). Summers were spent studying at American Ballet Theatre New York, Jacob's Pillow Jazz Program and PBTS. Kelsey continued as a trainee with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre(PBT). She then joined Nashville Ballet 2 in 2007 and was hired on as a Nashville Ballet Apprentice. She has had the honor of dancing in Balanchine's Four Temperaments and Serenade, Sarah Slipper's Postcards From the Boys, as well as Paul Vasterling's Adjustable Wrench and Carmina Burana. She also had the pleasure of dancing for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. Kelsey began choreographing on PBT's School and Company. Since then she has co-created WIP Choreography Project, and choreographed for Nashville Ballet, Nashville Ballet 2, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Her work Stills From Italy was performed at the White Wave DUMBO Dance Festival in NYC. Kelsey has taught for the School of Nashville Ballet, Evolve Productions, and is now teaching for the Alloy School. Kelsey is currently Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dancer for Texture Contemporary Ballet.
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